The United States is a bountiful land of plenty...We have grocery stores offering 20 different kinds of cheese and row upon row of every type of apple or lettuce that grows. We throw out more than a quarter of our food supply every year.
There is no excuse for the staggering number of hungry Americans. Last year, 49 million people were in danger of going hungry. More than 4 million children didn't get enough to eat. I'm not talking about Sub-Saharan Africa. I'm talking about states like Mississippi and Texas and Ohio...perhaps right in your neighborhood.
We have all the amber waves of grain we can handle. But as a nation, we must reach out to struggling families and share that bounty.
Hunger is not a political issue, and no child should have so little to eat in a nation that has so much.
That's a page from my notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.